As someone who has worked _extensively_ with set top boxes, including several early revs of this box I can say that the websurfer device has some of the nicest tv output around. There are just some precautions that you have to take regarding this thing, and anything else you want to hook up to your TV:
- Saturation: Anything too black or too white, or too anything will flicker and probably start to induce seizures :)
- Contrast: Again, extremes are bad, to see this at work put a test pattern up consisting of 100% white and 100% black... Once your eys straighten out, go to the next point
- Resolution: or more preciceley dot pitch. Your TV is basically a medium resolution, interlaced monitor, with a dot pitch that you wouldn't wish on anyone. These big horkin dots blend niceley for a pleasant photo-realistic experience, but read text at your own risk.
So, what it comes down to is this:
The color scheme that you see when you boot up the WS under QNX was chosen precicely because it avoided the above gotchas. If you want linux to look good, you are going to have to stay out of text mode, choose a low(er) contrast GNOME/KDE/E! scheme at lower resolution, and be prepared to kiss that gutter area (aka overscan area) goodbye.
(Gotta keep anonymous, lest da boss find out)